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A prayer for May

“Throughout this month of May, let us offer our pleas to the Mother of God with greater devotion and confidence, so that we may obtain her favor and her blessings. Even if the grave sins of men provoke God’s justice and merit His just punishments, we must not forget the he is “the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort,” that He has appointed Mary most holy as the generous steward of His merciful gifts.


May she who experienced the cares and hardships of earthly life, the weariness of daily toil, the hardships and trials of poverty, and the sorrows of Calvary, come to aid the needs of the Church and the human race. May she graciously lend an ear to the devout pleas of those all over the world who beg her for peace. May she enlighten the minds of those who rule nations. And finally, may she prevail on God, who rules the winds and storms, to calm the tempests in men’s warring hearts and grant us peace in our day. What we seek is true peace grounded on the sturdy foundations of justice and love—on a justice which recognizes the legitimate rights of the weak as well as those of the strong; on a love which keeps men from falling into error through excessive concern for their own interests. Thus each person’s rights may be safeguarded without the rights of others being forgotten or violated.”

— Pope Paul VI, Mense Maio,
his encyclical on prayers during May for the preservation of peace, issued in 1965.

Image: “The Virgin Mary” by Florence Storer
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steve p

posted May 1, 2009 at 9:23 am

Beautiful– thanks, Dcn. Greg.

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Dcn Scott Dodge

posted May 1, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Yes, thanks. I always appreciate any retrival of Pope Paul VI, whom I love dearly.

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posted May 2, 2009 at 12:34 am

Grandkids will be in the May Crowning to honor Mary. They are very excited as this year the procession is longer and includes a lot more things. They are going to have a special rosary for the conversion of President Obama to a pro life position and asking Jesus Mother to help with this. I love the faith of Children.

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posted May 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Okay, I’ll bite. Please tell me, one of the separated brethren who used to be called a heretic, when was it God appointed Mary as the generous steward of his merciful gifts? And how do we know this? I’m not meaning to be disrespectful of Catholic belief, I just wonder why you believe it. Where is it written that this appointment took place? Also the belief about Mary being co-mediatrix of all grace?

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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted May 3, 2009 at 9:41 am

Rhymeswithplague:This may help you: an article from Crisis magazine that explains devotion to the Mother of God. Blessings,Deacon G.

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